Medical Cannabis Canada

How To Spot A Fake Online Dispensary Site

Online Dispensaries In Canada
How To Spot The Red Flags

The legalization of medical and recreational cannabis in Canada has allowed a number of dispensaries to open doors in various parts of the country. Many of these establishments have their presence online to enable people to get their products discreetly. There are others who are not in the position to move out of their houses to obtain weed and these online dispensaries serve as a boon for such people. It also saves patients from others knowing about their medical condition and gives recreational users the choice to keep their personal business private from their prying neighbors.

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However, let’s admit that the Internet is not devoid of fraudsters and fake sellers. Similar to ordering anything from the Internet, you need to be alert and highly cautious about anything that looks unusual. While the online dispensaries in Canada are extremely convenient as you can place your order at any time of the day and take your time before pressing the ‘add to cart’ button, fake stories are not uncommon. You can protect yourself from becoming a victim by watching out the red flags and signs in the websites. We have listed some of them below:

Pay Attention To The URL

The first thing you should check when you click open an online dispensary site is the address or URL. You will be shocked to know that most people choose to ignore this or simply pay no attention out of ignorance or carelessness. They commit a huge mistake. The URL contains some really useful information regarding the website you are visiting. So, make it a habit to check this every time you visit a new site.

If the website address contains an HTTP instead of HTTPS then this means that the website is not authentic. You should never provide your sensitive information such as credit card or debit card information to a website that starts with HTTP because this means the text can be easily manipulated, intercepted, or even stolen. HTTPS is the secure version and a reliable online dispensary address will have HTTPS in the URL like

Read The Website Address Carefully

Another important thing you need to check when looking at the website URL is whether or not the address is correctly spelled. Sometimes the scammers will build a website with a similar name of a popular business. Unless you look carefully, you won’t know there are a few letters missing because it looks so similar. Taking notice of these little things can save you from big troubles later on.

Look At The Website Design

A website says a lot about the purpose for which it was made. It’s true that the fraudsters today have become smarter and they don’t mind building great looking websites to confuse people. These sites look so real and authentic and it’s hard to tell by simply looking at them. They may have all the cannabis related products listed in the site, but no real stocks, hence the order you place never arrives after the payment is made.

Look closer and more deeply to find the difference before placing an order. A fake website, no matter how impressive, will lack a blog and even if it has one, it will most likely not have any valuable content in it. The website will also lack a Contact Us page with Google’s address of the real warehouse. They will not have 24/7 customer support and even if there is some form of support, you will only get programmed messages, not the real person talking to you.

Look For Spelling Mistakes And Errors

Read the website content or any information provided to see the quality of English. Are there too many spelling errors? Does the content look inconsistent? Can you spot grammatical mistakes and other errors? If there’s a blog, try to read one of the articles. Does it look like a spin version of any article? Does it make sense at all? If you notice any of the issues mentioned here, we highly recommend that you stay away from these sources.

Badly Maintained Site

A business that is serious about cannabis will have a well designed and properly maintained site, and not something that looks like it’s put together by a kindergartner. Any authentic Canadian online dispensaries will go out of their way to keep the navigation simple and easy with proper maintenance. There will not be any bad pages or “link not found” issues. On the other hand, the carelessness of the appearance of the website raises another concern. In this case, we would suggest that if a site looks poorly maintained, avoid it even if it belongs to an authorized vendor.

Check Product Description

If a website is authentic then it will contain all the useful and detailed information about the products listed so that you know exactly what you are getting. Whether you are looking at CBD or THC content, the website should have all the relevant strain information. If the site only has minimum information regarding the products, then do yourself a favor and stay away.

Source: The Green Fund

Lost Strains On Offer

Fraudsters usually don’t do their research well and they will put anything on the website without checking the authenticity. To avoid scams, we suggest that you carefully go through the product list on the website. Can you see lost or dead strains on the product list? Some strains were popular in the 70s or 80s but they are not available anymore. If you see such products offered, then you should immediately smell a scam.

Is There A High Minimum Order

A legitimate online dispensary will usually have a minimum order that they will ship out. If you see a high minimum order forcing to order too many products or more quantities than you need, then we would suggest that you avoid the site.

Although this is not necessarily a red flag, it could be a possible scam. It is always better be safe than sorry.

History of Medical Marijuana – History, Legality and Present Scenario

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A large number of states in the U.S. have legalized the use of medical marijuana in one way or the other and more states are considering the bills. Though many people have turned to this herb as a natural remedy for a variety of health concerns, the FDA has approved it for the treatment of some forms of epilepsy. More research needs to be done on the supplement to study its benefits but anecdotal evidence suggests its amazing therapeutic effects and ability to treat a number of problems. Today, as the wave of legalization spreads across the world, we learn more about this drug.

What is Medical Marijuana?

This compound uses the components of the Sativa plant to treat specific conditions and diseases. The drug is the same as that used for recreation but its purpose is different. The cannabis plant contains over 100 chemicals known as cannabinoids that act in different ways on the body. CBD and THC are the main components in this medicine, with the former being responsible for the high people generally associate with the use of this drug. Medical cannabis is used to treat a number of conditions including epilepsy, appetite loss, glaucoma, PTSD, anxiety, nausea, pain, multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms, cancer, Crohn’s disease, depression and others. It also helps deal with symptoms like pain, vomiting and nausea associated with chemotherapy in cancer patients.

History of Medical Marijuana

The origins of the marijuana plant’s use as a medicine date back to thousands of years back. Physicians in the ancient world used to mix weed into medicines to combat pain and other symptoms. China is recorded to have first used the plant for its medicinal properties in 2700 B.C. The Cannabis Sativa plant was used extensively across cultures like Islamic, Indian, Persian, ancient Romans and Greeks. The earliest uses of this plant were largely medicinal and involved treating gout, depression, malaria, inflammation, nausea and other problems. It was even used as an anesthetic and to suppress sexual desires. Some cultures even used this compound for religious ceremonies and spiritual purposes. It was in the late 1500s that the Spanish brought this herb to America. Colonies in the United States grew the plant and used it for a number of applications like making rope, paper and other products from hemp.

Timeline of Medical Marijuana

Weed was introduced to Western Medicine in the 19th century. Since then, it has undergone numerous advancements in terms of use and legality. Right from its ban in the 1930s to its legalization in most states of the U.S., medical cannabis has always remained a topic of debate. However, the future of this herb seems to be bright as it is gaining widespread popularity for its therapeutic effects in the modern medicine world.

Early Use

Colonists in the United States had begun growing the plant for making things like rope and clothes. A large number of farmers had started growing the plant in the 1600s. It was mostly used as a plant until the 20th century to draw attention to the use of the drug by Mexicans. The racial undertones of the stigma associated with weed along with the racial tensions contributed to the negative connotation about the drug. Immigrants introduced the practice of smoking weed to cities across the country.

War on Drugs

The marijuana tax act passed in 1937 was replaced by the Controlled Substances Act as a part of the War on Drugs and categorized this drug as a Schedule 1 drug just like cocaine, heroin and LSD. Even today, it remains a Schedule 1 drug known to cause abusive use in contradiction to its actual benefits. It is federally illegal for use as it is known to have no medicinal use and prone to addiction.

First Legalization 

Under the 1996 Compassionate Use Act, California was the first official state to legalize the use of medicinal supplement by patients suffering from chronic diseases. Four other states followed this lead in the 1990s and the drug was legalized in Alaska, Oregon, Maine and Washington. By the 2000s, more states including Vermont, Montana, Nevada, Hawaii and Rhode Island had passed laws regarding the use of medical cannabis. Today, it is legal in 33 states and the District of Columbia. A person can get the drug for medicinal purposes in these states with the help of a recommendation from a doctor for a condition that qualifies for the use of this drug. These states also provide a medical marijuana ID card that you can use to buy it from a dispensary.